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Paul Jenkins

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Between now and then, another 600 World War II veterans, most of them in their 80s or 90s, will die. We lose one every two minutes; an entire generation passing quickly into history. Of the 16,112,566 Americans who risked everything to serve this nation during that long, grinding war, only about 1.2 million remain today. Their median age is about 92.

My dad is 91. Veterans Day of late has taken on new meaning for my brothers and me...

Paul Jenkins

For a guy who fancies himself a hipster with all the answers, Barack Obama certainly is a dummy when it comes to knowing what his administration is up to. He is either a liar of epic proportions or an insulated, hapless passenger on a rudderless ship of state.

If we are to believe the meme, our fearless leader knows nothing of the long list of messes his administration has made. They just happened...

Paul Jenkins

You have to love politics to pay attention to what is going on with Anchorage Ordinance 37, the controversial and overdue rewrite of the city's labor law. If not, there is no way you could take enough showers to feel clean. This is what you need to know: If you are the average property taxpayer, there is a very good chance you are going to get hosed, no matter what...

Paul Jenkins

In times of lunacy such as these it is difficult not to laugh. The president has blossomed into a tin pot potentate rivaling any tin pot potentate tucked away in any Third World backwater. Lies are truth. Truth is "newspeak." Much of Congress is an ironic New Yorker cartoon come to life. Government is running amok.

One need only glance at the headlines to marvel as Washington, D.C., seeks its own level at the bottom of a rusted and quite stinky barrel...

Paul Jenkins

Only a moron would believe the governmental "crisis" is not going to be resolved -- and soon. Obamacare will go into effect. The government will be funded. The debt limit will be raised. Democrats will win. Republicans will lose. Americans will be ignored.

That is the way of things. Democrats do not care about carnage. Republicans are too afraid to stick to their guns.

Oh, do not get me wrong. Republicans are right to oppose the abominable Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a measure passed in the dead of night and after blatant bribery. They are right in trying to represent the will of the majority of Americans...

Paul Jenkins

British mining giant Anglo American's abandoning the complicated, expensive and grindingly slow slog to develop the rich Pebble prospect in Southwest Alaska is understandable -- but you have to wonder how it must appear to other businesses and industries considering investments in Alaska.

Anglo American, which poured more than $541 million into the Pebble effort, points to its deep backlog of projects waiting for development. It says it is looking at higher-value, lower-risk undertakings, planning to cut by a third the nearly $950 million it spends annually on keeping afloat pre-approval stage, complicated, from-scratch projects such as Pebble...

Paul Jenkins

Listening to the Left fulminate about the Parnell administration's joining a challenge of the Minto tribal court's jurisdiction in a parental rights case involving a man convicted of kidnapping and brutally beating his girlfriend and mother of his children is a lesson in political hyperbole.

Detractors would have you believe the intervention is proof positive Alaska would do anything to crush tribal authority and quash the Native vote. Anything for a campaign issue, I suppose...

Paul Jenkins

The insanity seemingly never ends. State Sen. Bill Wielechowski, apparently running for something or other, has taken to posting on the misnamed "It's Our Oil" website one reason a week -- there will be 52 of them, he promises -- to repeal Senate Bill 21.

Senate Bill 21, you will recall, fixed the punitive and failed Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share oil tax. The idea was to rejigger a terrible law that contributed at times to a 90 percent marginal tax rate and to spur lagging production and investment for new oil on the North Slope. It was a good idea and overdue, what with spending soaring into the stratosphere and oil production racing revenues into the tank...

Paul Jenkins

As thousands descended on Washington, D.C., for the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's soul-stirring "I Have a Dream" speech, the sometimes inflamed, surprisingly uninformed rhetoric underscored the wide -- and seemingly growing -- racial schism in this nation.

Listening to some of the speakers, a reasonable person might surmise we have strayed so far from good sense and civility that we may never find our way back.

Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only African-American serving in the U.S. Senate, was snubbed. Heavyweights such as Jamie Foxx and Al Sharpton were invited and sounded, well, foolish...

Paul Jenkins

If you thought the Environmental Protection Agency was a power-mad, greenie-driven federal behemoth intent on preemptively blocking development of the Pebble prospect on state land at any cost, well, hang on, it turns out you are not alone.

The supposedly neutral agency pooh-poohs accusations of bias against the Pebble Limited Partnership or the proposed project. The EPA's story is that it was asked by Alaska Native tribes and others to study the salmon-rich Bristol Bay watershed because of concerns about the potential effects of large-scale mining...

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